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2761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 System shortages? on: October 11, 2005, 07:50:02 PM
We already have a pretty niffty 2 page thread about this

But it is interesting.

It looks to me like they are trying to create a sense of deprivation so people will be more likely to pre-order and consider themselves lucky.

Why would MS want to risk selling less consoles (after all if people don't think they can get one maybe they will just wait until after the holidays)?  Easy - bundles.  I bet they make a lot more money off bundles because really the console itself isn't the big moneymaker it is the games and peripherials.
2762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Here is my top 9 FPSers, what are your's? on: October 11, 2005, 05:59:37 PM
Since #4 is a console game it could be argued that this is ok in console gaming but statistically I think the evidence says it is a PC thread - besides I haven't ever gotten to move something so I want to try it out.
2763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 11, 2005, 12:32:36 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "depward"
Did you happen to preorder at Capcom to get the neato pointy-finger stylus?   biggrin

Ugh.  I hate you.

And no I didn't.

I looked at it but it just didn't seem worth it.  You pay for shipping, and it was within 7-10 days.  So basically you are paying $5 more and getting the game later so get the different stylus.  Plus it won't fit in the normal holder so the likelyhood of losing it seems high (heck I already lost one of the normal ones!)
2764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - this week? on: October 10, 2005, 01:16:29 PM
This game just seems to keep getting moved up.  At first I remember it was november, and then late October now when I look at Ebgames it says Oct. 11!

Is that accurate?

It was when I read a preview of the Japanesse version that I bought a DS to begin with so I am pretty excited
2765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 08, 2005, 03:18:01 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Wow that surprises me.  I thought Easy mode was actually easier.

My bad.

Did you play the first Fire Emblem for GBA farley?  I thought it was painfully hard but actually liked it.  I'm wondering if I should play The Sacred Stones on Hard now and I'm wondering what the difference between Hard and Normal is.

Yes I did, and it pissed me off!  I quit at a fight where some pirates came to your ship.  I was obsessed though with getting through with all my characters  which I realize now is not the way the game is meant to be played.  

I was fully prepared to let some of my characters die in this one but so far I haven't really felt that anyone died because of need (to save the team or something) but only becuase I was really stupid (things like not checking the distances enemies can come, not having healing items in their inventory, etc.)

The main things that make this easier are that you can go back to shops, and you can train at the tower.  This means that I don't have to risk much when leveling up a new low level character.
2766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 08, 2005, 12:19:01 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I did start on easy mode

Is easy mode ever supposed to get hard?  Seems like it would defeat the purpose.

The first one was a bitch for sure.  I think I'm going to play the Sacred Stones on medium difficulty.

I am not sure.  Most of the information I have read (like the strategy guide) says that easy most just forces the tutorial on the player.  It doesn't say that your characters are stronger or the enemies weaker.
2767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 07, 2005, 07:18:33 PM
I am in chapter 11 (following the woman's story) and so far the game has been a breeze.  I did start on easy mode but I haven't had to restart any fights except if I lost a character I loved.  I am also a person who quit the first FE game for the GBA becuase I found it too hard.  

Right now any one of my horsey guys  biggrin can pretty much take on a map without any help, Ross is a pirate who can mop the deck with everyone and anyone, and most of the rest can hold their own.

However,  I am sure that this game will be driving me nuts soon, I just wonder how soon.  So when does it get really hard?
2768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So depressed..... on: October 06, 2005, 08:42:32 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"

That's really weird. I'd suggest you go visit your Xbox's Dashboard and see if there's any saves left on your HD at all.

I haven't heard of this issue before though. Normally if the HD goes, it just goes. It won't let you resave or recreate any saves.

That is what I thought but the only option is that my wife somehow deleted the saved games and well...she can barely turn on the TV.  She still hasn't figured out to hit the small button to turn on the Xbox and the big button to open the unless she blindly blundered on it I don't think she could have done it.
2769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So depressed..... on: October 06, 2005, 06:41:37 PM
It is the cats....those b#@%ards......they are annoyed becuae I don't clean the litter box enough.

It could be the first sign of a failing HD which would suck.  I did buy the Xbox used though so I have gotten pretty lucky with it.
2770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS - Does any game need the dual screen? on: October 06, 2005, 05:18:21 PM
Now with those games would you say it significantly changed the gameplay such that the game could't be pulled off without the second screen or is it just neat and maybe helpful?

It seems to me that all the game so far could be pulled off without the second screen but it is a gimick to use it.
2771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So depressed..... on: October 06, 2005, 05:16:15 PM
Last night I start up my Xbox to play some Ninja Gaiden.  I am actually enjoying the game a lot now that I can be a wimp a.k.a. Ninja Dog.  The difficulty is about right for me.  

Anyway when the game starts I only have choices for New Game or Load Game!  This is pretty annoying because I had just got to the monestary basement.  However since the slicing and dicing has been fun I am not too hurt.

Then a chill gripped me as I wondered if this was the only game with missing saved data.

I then booted up Indigo Prophecy and to my horror it was trashed as well.   Now this is just a huge blow becuase I had put probably 5-10 hours into the game!  I was pretty far and some of the action sequences were annoyingly hard.

I quickly booted to the dashboard to check and sure enough all my saved games were gone.  Mercenaries, Pyschonoughts, SSX, X-men, Buffy, Full Spectrum Warrior, etc. etc.  Now sure most of those games were rented but I liked having the saved games in case I ever wanted to go back to finish them!

What doesn't make sense is that the HD appears fine.  I can make new saves and start them, and everything else seems ok.  Now I would be upset if the HD was totally trashed but I could understand it.  It would make sense.  Having only one part of the HD errased makes no sense.

Mostly though I am just depressed.  I feel overwhelmed by the prospect of working my way back through Indigo Prophecy.  You can't really skip conversations and while the story is good I have a lot of stuff to redo!  Damm this is depressing.
2772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS - Does any game need the dual screen? on: October 06, 2005, 04:45:43 PM
I am still waiting for a game which really needs the dual screen.  A few games have come out which really take advantage of the touch screen - games like Kirby, Ouendan, etc. but nothing has really used the second screen in a meaningful way.

The new Castlevania uses it for a map, and that actually seems to be about the most common use.  Well that is fine, but hardly necessary.  

I was hoping that the unique things about the DS would bring out some unique game development and I guess half of it has with the touch screen use but from what I see they should have made that screen bigger and dumped the second screen altogether.
2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 04, 2005, 06:41:34 PM
From the screen is a 3rd person shooter where you can never actually see what your character is aiming at but he looks cool?

Maybe it will become more interesting as time goes on.
2774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 03, 2005, 01:37:01 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
On Bioware's home page, there's a little flashing sign reading "2005-10-04".  Presumably, they will be announcing something then.  Hopefully, it will be their unannounced console title, but given the lameness of these recent countdown events, it will probably be another NWN module.

It will be Jade Empire for the PC!  That is my guess.
2775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft officially jumps the shark on: September 29, 2005, 08:10:58 PM
Dancing games are quite popular.  I can't tell enough about this game to know if it is like Digital Dance Revolution or not but that type of game is popular.

One of my co-workers son is in a DDR "club" at Notre Dame!  I have seen web sites dedicated to how DDR helped people lose weight.  It is freaky how popular this is.

Seems like a good idea to jump on the bandwagon really.
2776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost in Blue on: September 28, 2005, 08:59:33 PM
The review is very cute and entertaining.  And he seems to hate the game.
2777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] 1.50 Downgrader now available! on: September 28, 2005, 05:45:04 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I am excited about this.  I have been dreading the next new game I buy for the PSP becuase I would lose Sam & I don't have to!

The best part? There are other 'programs' out there that trick your UMD games into thinking that you have a 2.0 PSP. Thus, as long as the game in question doesn't use any of the 2.0 advanced functions (which might happen eventually), you won't have to worry about ever upgrading.

That would be great!  Do they have a browser though?  That is the real functionality of 2.0 that I was interested in.
2778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming Hours Per Week? on: September 28, 2005, 02:33:56 PM
I pretty much have the same amount of game time as you.  

Sometimes it feels like fighting to get any time to play.  Last night I really wanted to play some Indigo Prophecy but after making supper, walking the dog, picking up the house, and paying bills I just didn't have the energy.

Tonight is trash/recycling so that will mean cleaning the litter boxes, taking out trash, sorting the recycling and putting it out, and then maybe (fingers crossed) an hour or so for gaming.

My totally unscientific guess is that people who have a lot more time don't have a house (so no lawn maintance), don't have kids, or are in school.  I had a lot more time before I owned a house and when I was in school.  I shudder to think how much my time will be cut back if/when I have kids.
2779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 28, 2005, 02:29:41 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
4 years, billions of dollars of losses, and people are still playing the "oh it's all part of MS' plan to gain market/mind share, they'll make it all back someday, ITS AMAZING HOW FAR THEY'VE COME ALREADY" card.

You guys crack me up.

 :roll: I know you understand basic business expansion principles, so please don't throw that stuff out there. 4 years is nothing in a business expansion cycle-it is far far too early to tell what the result will be. And yes, to Microsoft 4 billion is not prohibitive losses-whats that? Nintendo made a few million last year!! Yay!! Cookies for all!

The only thing that makes me roll my eyes is that everytime a lose is reported for any other company it is heralded as doom and gloom whereas MS is so good at spin it becomes good for them to lose money!

I understand it takes money to make does Sony but people don't have a hard time seeing terrible things for them when they report losses.
2780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] 1.50 Downgrader now available! on: September 28, 2005, 02:25:10 PM
I am excited about this.  I have been dreading the next new game I buy for the PSP becuase I would lose Sam & I don't have to!
2781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar: Dragon Song on: September 28, 2005, 01:05:28 PM
I am still interested but I have to say that the reviews are not inspiring.  

I will probably get it but not until I have finished some other games.
2782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which one? on: September 27, 2005, 02:56:50 PM
Quote from: "ras752000"
Well, I got the greenlight again . . . with a little disposable income.  I've been enjoying all of your reviews and feedback on these games, but I was wondering if you could weigh-in and help me decide which one I should get out of the below.
1. Madden 06 PSP
2. Advance Wars DS
4. Wipeout Fusion PSP
5. . . . or wait next week for Castlevania DS.

Doesn't a lot of this depend on your tatstes?  I mean just on scores from reviews they are all about the same so they are all good games so more information would be needed.
2783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP 2.0 firmware finally cracked... on: September 27, 2005, 01:07:05 PM
It seems great until reading about it.  I supose it is the first step but until it can play Sam & Max I will stay at 1.50
2784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (9/26) on: September 26, 2005, 07:51:24 PM
Lost in Blue and Lunar for the DS - after I see reviews.  I am really excited about LIB becuase it seems to make some interesting use of the touch screen and the two screens but it could be terrible.  The risk is so much higher with inovation.
2785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Hot Shots Golf - annoying but I can't stop playing! on: September 26, 2005, 05:16:05 PM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
Wow, impatience is not a virtue. It's golf. I really like the pacing of unlockables in PSP HSG. I've stuck with the first character the whole time and I've got my rank up to HSG King and about 95% item completion. After that, I'll move on to the next character and start all over. Fun shit!

Your crazy! smile

I wouldn't mind if it was more like Mario Golf for the GBA - where you played one character and the courses unlocked as you won tournaments.  

It just is annoying to play the first 2 courses 20 or so times to get another course unlocked.  

At least it is to me, others may be crazy...I mean find that fun.  :roll:
2786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best time to enter "everytenminutes" points? on: September 26, 2005, 03:55:57 PM
Yeah the whole 4 AM thing doesn't help much but I figure that at least there wouldn't be people awake (well many anyway) so it would only be us freaks who were worried about odds who put them in for some weird time like 4:10 AM.  

I am still trying to figure out the odss for different numbers of caps.  I am thinking puttting in more is better.
2787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best time to enter "everytenminutes" points? on: September 26, 2005, 03:25:13 PM
I looked in the recycling bin at work today and found 5 caps for points in the Xbox 360 give away and I was wondering when the best time to use them was.

Part of me thinks I should go for something like 4AM when no one will really be awake, but I figure lots of people will think that....but any close times have thousands of people already entered so the odds seem to suck.

And then there is the question of how to distribute the points.  Should I put all 5 in one drawing?  Or in 5 different ones?  Any folks good at stats who could say which one is statistically better?

Since I loath Mt. Dew (and most Pepsi products) this may be my only chance so I want to make the most of it!

2788  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [PSP] Hot Shots Golf - up for trade on: September 26, 2005, 02:56:09 PM
I am tired of this game so I am ready to trade it.  Any offers will be considered.

I have a PS2, Xbox, Cube, NDS, PC, and PSP (yeah I am a bit of a game console whore) so pretty much anything is possible.  

2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Hot Shots Golf - annoying but I can't stop playing! on: September 26, 2005, 02:54:01 PM
I really dislike the way they unlock stuff in this game.  Well two parts anyway - characters and courses.

You spend tons of time with the first two characters before you even see another possiblity which means that the character is pretty upgraded and loyal, etc.  Naturally at that point you really don't want to swap so in fact by making it take so long to get new characters I find that don't want to change.

Courses are even worse.  I have played the first two so much I want to puke.  I hate them by now.  Why not have all the courses available after 1 win in a tournament on the previous course?  

Even with that I do love the mechanics of the game and the gameplay.  So I downloaded a saved game with all courses and characters unlocked but then everything is unlocked so it is just a bunch of open tournaments....which is dull.

So I am bored one way or bored the other....I love the game, really I do but I think it is time to trade it off.
2790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 21, 2005, 08:50:35 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Forum talk is that the Xbox version is better.  I don't know which version I'm getting yet either.

I believe you are talking about Indigo Prophecy since that is the post right before yours...if not ignore this.

Where were you hearing that?  I would love to hear some comparisons.  My PC should be able to make it look prettier (higher resolution) but I love sitting on the couch playing games on the bigger screen.  So if the Xbox version is actually better I will definitly be picking that one up.
2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 20, 2005, 06:24:18 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
I haven't been following Ninja Gaiden:Black that closely - is it just NG + the hurrcane packs + an easy mode?  Or did they add more to it than that?

It actually tempts me now that there's a n00b difficulty level biggrin

Ditto smile

I am tempted as well.  I am worried however that the "easy" mode for a game which was very, very difficult will just be difficult....which will still spank me all over.
2792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 19, 2005, 07:04:28 PM
I may pick up Indigo Prophecy but I can't decide what to get it on since I have an Xbox, PS2, and PC.  

Has anyone heard anything about load times?  I prefer the Xbox if it loads fast but the PC may win out if the game loads slow on the consoles.
2793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just saw the TeamXbox ingame movies of Gears of War... on: September 19, 2005, 03:39:52 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
I hope the XBox 360 and PS3 offer some new experiences, but so far its just prettier graphics.  Maybe with more power we'll see some new stuff down the road.

I doubt we will.  Look at games you fine inovative with new experiences - are they ever the resource hogs?  Usually they are not that graphically intense or needing that much horsepower.

The best examples I can think of are PC games but stuff like Darwinia, Mount and Blade, or Katamari Damacy for the PS2.  They are not held back because of power.
2794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liberty City Stories = Slaps on the face for Jack Thompson on: September 16, 2005, 04:20:59 PM
Quote from: "Darren8r"
Awesome. I want a psp now.

And I hope "JT" doesnt get his underwear in a knot.

Apparently he is rather annoyed
2795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Field Commander - announced on: September 16, 2005, 02:49:29 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"

Well CG seems to think Release Date: 02/28/06

So not soon but not as far away as say Suikoden 1 and 2 in english.
2796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Field Commander - announced on: September 16, 2005, 02:34:57 PM
This certainly looks interesting.

The features talked about are;


    * Turn-Based Strategy: Take to the field and guide your division to victory by outsmarting, outmaneuvering and outgunning your opponents.
    * Single-Player Campaign: Delve into the game's engrossing story while combating enemies through more than 30 unique missions.
    * Multiplayer Gameplay: Enjoy defeating your enemy from across the globe, across the room, or in the seat next to you.
    * 15 Army Divisions: Rule the ground, sea and skies by mastering the selectable army divisions at your disposal through the use of their specialties, unique play styles and powerful attacks.
    * Beautiful 3D Environments: See each one come alive with 3D graphics, stunning lighting, dynamic visual effects and highly-detailed terrain, buildings and units.
    * Challenging AI: Match wits with an increasingly clever enemy and survive the day to become triumphant.
    * Create Missions: Aspire to greatness by creating your own missions and uploading them to be enjoyed by all players.
    * Elegantly Simple: No need for complex calculators and measuring tapes. Field Commander lets you focus on what's important – Strategy.

The ones I care about are turn-based and a focus on a single player portion.
2797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 1 and 2 coming to PSP on: September 16, 2005, 12:58:19 PM
Like every cool sounding RPG for the PSP my only question is "is it confirmed for a US release?"
2798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy IV for GBA on: September 15, 2005, 12:46:18 AM
Is this 4 in the US or the Japanesse version or the little known Guam version? smile

Seriously which one is this?  Anyone got screenshots from the original?
2799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command Question on: September 12, 2005, 07:54:54 PM
Quote from: "stimpy"
Quote from: "farley2k"
Overall I am really enjoying the game and can't wait to get home to put more time into it.


I just can't bring myself to become the type of geek who brings his handheld to work.  It just seems to cross a line into a realm of geekdom which I can't go to.
2800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command Question on: September 12, 2005, 03:44:05 PM
Quote from: "stimpy"
The lack of actual impressions for this game disturbs me.
For a title that seemed to be anticipated by quite a few people here, the fact that there are only a couple of short, not so glowing reviews so far, means that my copy will stay unopened. I have a feeling I am not alone.

You might not be alone but I am not with you.  I cracked open my copy as soon as I had it in my hot little hands.

I am on mission 10 or so now and I love it.  The grapics are very good and the gameplay is a lot of fun.  

Combat is exactly what I expected with TB strategy battles in buildings and outside.  You have a varitety of weapons and methods to kill the enemy (as they do you).  I think it moves along fairly quickly for a TB game but I have read other people saying the combat was slow.

The story....well it isn't the strong point really.  It is akin to a B grade horror movie but it is passible and sometimes interesting.  

Sound is good but there isn't a lot to say about it.

Overall I am really enjoying the game and can't wait to get home to put more time into it.
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